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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.

 

Chinese: Beef Shreds With Green Pepper


main dish, vegetables, ethnic, pork, chinese

1 lb flank steak
2 medium bell peppers
1 clove garlic
4 tablespoon peanut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 sauce:
1/4 cup stock
1 teaspoon thin soy sauce
1 teaspoon chili paste with soybean
1 teaspoon sherry wine
1 1/2 teaspoon (approx) thin cornstarch paste

Preparation: Remove membrane from flank steak. If it is a thick slab of meat, slice with grain into thin sheet about 1/4" thick. Slice across grain into matchsticks about 2 1/2" long. Halve and core bell pepper; scald pepper halves until color turns bright green; plunge in cold water to stop cooking process. Slice pepper thinly to match cooked meat. Peel and quarter garlic clove; add to peanut oil. Mix sauce ingredients. Stir-frying: Heat wok as hot as possible. Add garlic and 1/2 the oil; stir; remove garlic when it browns. Add salt to oil; stir. Add half of flank steak; toss and stir briskly to coat with oil and prevent scorching of meat. When meat begins to shrivel, remove to platter. Rinse wok; reheat; add rest of oil. Stir-fry remaining meat. Add peppers, sauce, other beef; toss briskly for about 1 minute until sauce evaporates. Serve. Garnishing note: Time and inclination permitting, deep-fry about 12 shrimp chips. Arrange on serving platter around beef and peppers.